As organized team activities (what we call OTAs) are conducted throughout the league this week, we’re getting our first look at some of the more notable quarterback competitions. Near the top of that list is in Cleveland, where Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson are in an open competition for the starting job under new coach Eric Mangini.
The first question Mangini faced during a pre-practice media session on Thursday is how he will divide first-team reps between Quinn and Anderson. Quinn has taken the first snaps with the first team throughout the Browns’ three-day voluntary camp, but Anderson has seen an equal amount of reps with the starters.
“It’s even,” Mangini explained. “We track everything as we go in terms of how many throws, types of plays, so that there’s balance and you’re looking at it as much as possible, (comparing) like with like. Brady will get the first reps today, he started with the first reps on Wednesday, and that’s because he’s done a really outstanding job in the offseason program. Not that Derek hasn’t done well, but I thought that [Quinn] got the edge, so he took the first reps. There’s no overwhelming significance to that. Just that first phase. I thought that Brady had a little bit of an edge, so he got the first reps there. The goal is balance.”
The Browns also have Brett Ratliff and Richard Bartel on the roster, but Mangini’s “primary focus” is on Quinn and Anderson.